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have a great week. we will see you next fox news sunday. op debate and of course any news coming out of the iran vote. "media buzz" is next. >> on buzz beater this sunday, campaign gloves come off. donald trump and his rivals are throwing punches and the media can't get enough. >> tonight with breaking news in words like this. "look at that face. would anyone vote for that?" >> critics are pouncing because of the slam on carly. >> he was quoted as saying look at that face. would anyone vote for that? >> i won't spend a single cycle wondering what donald trump means. >> i haven't heard it. i haven't seen it. >> i don't know ben carson. he was a doctor, perhaps an okay doctor by the way. >> but is the press spending too
much time on personal attacks? we'll ask ben carson, the surgeon turned presidential candidate who surged to second place about that and the way he's being covered and laura ingram on why many conservative commentators call trump. >> i should have used two accounts. one for personal. one for work related e-mails. that was a mistake. i'm sorry about that. i take responsibility. >> but as her aides promise a funnier hillary, did she go far enough in her abc sit down? >> and stephen colbert makes a debut with jeb bush. highly emotional joe biden and lots of political humor. >> i promise you just like the rest of the media, i will be covering all of the presidential candidates who are donald trump.
that's right. donald trump is swearing off oreos. he claims that mexico is taking our economy and they're ripping it in two. and they're scraping out the creamy center. >> will the new "late show" host be a political force without the fake anchor stick? i'm howard kurtz and this is "media buzz." it keeps on happening. donald trump delivers an attack pundits say he's gone too far and until now at least he goes up in the polls. this time the target was carly fiorina as trump saw her face on a tv screen and said this in front of a "rolling stone" reporter. >> he was quoted by the "rolling stone" reporter as saying look at that face. would anyone vote for that? can you imagine that the face of our next president. i mean, she's a woman and i'm not supposed to say bad things but really, folks, come on. are we serious? your reaction?
>> honestly, i'm not going to spend a single cycle wondering what donald trump means but maybe, just maybe, i'm getting under his skin a little bit because i am climbing in the polls. >> first rosie and meghan and now carly fiorina. why do you talk about how much women look so much? >> i'm talking about persona. >> you said look at that face. you said look at that face. >> the fact is that carly fiorina has had a terrible past. she was fired viciously from hewlett packard. >> joining us now to analyze the coverage, the former cbs correspondent who is launching a sunday show called "fu "full measure." and we have steve here who a fox news contributor. are the media justified in making such a huge story about trump's comments about carly fiorina's face? >> people are interested for
sure. i would point out that when trump is insulted horribly, nobody feels sorry for him. i think carly fiorina probably reacted the right way and did the right thing. trump supporters in bigger sense don't care. they think that him insulting people is outweighed by the skill set he has to do the important things. >> so not the usual why won't he apologize that media often play? >> they know if he plays the drumbeat, he won't play that game. >> are the media buying the explanation that he was talking about her persona and not her looks? >> no. of course he wasn't talking about her persona. he was talking about her looks very clearly if you read the excerpt from the "rolling stone" article. you saw chris cuomo push him on that. you said this was about her face. he's not being asked to apologize in the way that other candidates would. it's not disqualifying in the way it would be for other candidates for the reason that
cheryl suggests. he's so many times before crossing lines that i think most people think shouldn't be crossed and it helps him. >> trump may not have planned this attack on carly fiorina but he did make these comments in front of a reporter. again, you have the chorus of pundits that say this time he's gone too far and yet this media criticism seems to help him. >> i do think something is changing now knthough. you see it in media coverage reflective of how other candidates are treating donald trump right now. you see jindal and carson and fiorina saying unacceptable. it is unacceptable. it has nothing to do with ideology or politics. you can't talk about women that way. >> trump says he's doing some of this as an entertainer. >> well, he's doing it as an entertainer and he has been very good for our business although i don't think we should all be giving our money to him for raising our ad rates. >> we'll come back to that.
ben carson criticizing or questioning donald trump's faith and then we saw trump come back while he was an okay doctor and he was a world class neurosurgeon. for the media, big story, not a story? >> anything that trump says about them or things that they say about him seems to be interesting story to the public and to the media. i still say for that core group of trump supporters, they don't care. even if they don't like insults secondary to big things they want to get done that they feel only trump can do. >> the core group doesn't care about basic things like facts and reason and logic. ben carson -- >> wait. are you saying that trump being it's 32% in the latest poll is a function of a chunk of the country that's so enamored of him that they don't really care about the substance? >> sometimes i think that's
true. for large number of trump supporters they don't care. it's not that they are so enamored of donald trump as they are angry about the establishment. republican establishment, washington establishment. media establishment here. they don't care about anything else. their argument is look at what the establishment has delivered. politics is a mess. republican party is meek and cowardly and donald trump is challenging them. even when he breaks traditional conventions, he does it well. >> he may be a bigot but he gets the media culture that we thrive on, conflict above party and ideology and one big ball of conflict, insulting everybody. so of course we cover carson/trump fight or fiorina/trump fight. we're drawn to that back and forth. >> there may be voters that have to say what does this have to do
whether i can keep my job and my wife is working two part-time jobs? it's not that candidates don't talk about that but doesn't get oxygen that we're talking about. >> there's a core group of people that watches that and thinks media is treating him unfairly playing substitution game. people on this panel probably don't agree. when trump is said about him that he didn't read the bible because he's not in it, that's a big insult. nobody went to jindal and said are you going to apologize for that because they feel trump deserve it is but don't feel the other candidates deserve it when they get hit by insults. >> you're right when you talk about anger and not just the washington political culture but media culture which is one of the reasons when you or others criticize him, people say it's media elite. what have they done for us recently? let's talk about trump picking nights. he sent a letter this week to cnn president jeff zucker. it kind of echoed what trump said in similar comments. let's take a look at that now. >> i should go to cnn. they're doing the next debate.
i should say to jeff zucker, a great guy, jeff, i'm going to do the debate but i want $10 million for charity. american cancer society. aids research. otherwise i'm not going to the debate. and honestly, i think they would pay me. >> no comment from cnn, which is being asked to cough up all of the profits because trump says the ad rates have gone up 4,000% or something like that because of his participation. >> intentionally or not, one could say it's a reminder to the public that the media, which most of us like to think of us neutral observer is not always really that. they profit from the theater and they profit from the political campaign. >> i love the whole notion here that he should be paid for generating headlines and readership so we should pay terrorists if there's a terrorist attack or the airline
when they send an airplane down into the ocean. it would be an excellent pre president. >> he says give me money but it would go to veteran groups of his choosing. he spoke against the iran deal and will you really not show up if cnn doesn't pay the money? he said i have yet to make that determination. he said in a letter i refuse to brag but i'm responsible. >> i think it was a gimmick. he's gotten more press about it. >> driving another news cycle. >> interesting question for him because on one hand donald trump is an ego maniac that thrives on attention and skipping the debate would deprive him of some of that attention. he wouldn't be on a stage for all that. it would gain him more attention because that's all anybody would talk about. the debate that night if he didn't show up people would say the front runner for the republicans has decided not to come. he wins either way. he just gets more attention. >> when you call him an ego
maniac, i detect dismissive he's not a serious candidate and will flame out. >> i'm done predicting about donald trump. i thought he was going to flame out earlier. let me say this. he's not proven himself a serious candidate. even if you look at the substance of the answers he provides on the issues he knows the best, the economy and jobs, go and look at the answers he's provided. he says nothing of substance. nothing. >> i disagree slightly with steve. i think that he is being taken more seriously now because his opponents are taking him seriously. it's not that this is a clown on the side and we'll ignore him because he'll go away. he's starting to get that scrutiny. >> he's starting to be more restrained in speeches and interviews because he sees he has a shot to win this nomination. one more thing to get into. extraordinary emotional interview that joe biden had with stephen colbert on his late show. this is just a little piece of it. >> two, they can look at the folks out there and say i
promise you you have my whole heart, my whole soul, my energy and my passion to do this. and i would be lying if i said that i knew i was there. >> as biden grieves for his late son, even conservatives say this guy is very authentic and wears his emotions on his sleeve. >> he's always been authentic. it's a positive for joe biden and negative for joe biden. he says what he thinks. other people have drawn comparisons to donald trump. he's sort of donald trump maybe with more ideas or with a stronger ideology. he hasn't flipped as much as trump has. >> even though biden is telling the world he's not there emotionally, insiders taking shape. maybe. you need a candidate. >> politico had two stories within 45 minutes of each other. one saying he's going to run and other no way possible.
i takeauthentic. >> i think he's going to run. could be completely wrong. i think one of the biggest things he has going for him is that authenticity as we described and likability and top democrats spoke to me this week and said what else does he have except four more years of obama who democrats say is unpopular. that's what he has. he has that persona. >> venturing a prediction. take a minute to talk about your new show, "full measure." >> half hour of investigative reporting. not trying to duplicate other sunday shows. whistle blower stories, watchdog reporting, corporate malfeasa e malfeasance. >> this is what you were trying to do at cbs? >> what i did for several years but had trouble getting on the air the last couple years. >> what do you think about what we're talking about or the show or the media. when we come back, hillary
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it took hillary clinton a long time to move from dismissing e-mail fiasco to finally apologizing with abc's david muir. >> did you wipe the server? >> with a cloth or something. no. >> is this an indication that this issue won't go away for the remainder of your campaign. >> nobody talked to me about it other than you guys. >> are you sorry? do you want to apologize to the american people for the choice you made? >> it wasn't the best choice. i will continue to say that.
>> when voters asked what is the first word that comes to mind when you think of hillary clinton, words like liar, dishonest, untrustworthy were at the top of the list. does this tell you that your original explanation about the private server did you it to carry one phone out of convenience that this didn't sit well with the american people? >> that was a mistake. i'm sorry about that. i take responsibility. >> steve hayes, almost everyone in the media said hillary had to apologize. she finally does. many pundits say it wasn't enough. she did it because of a focus group. your thoughts? >> it wasn't enough. it wasn't sincere. she did it because of a focus group. they broadcast this to "the new york times." they told "the new york times" she would change her approach to the campaign and get a more authentic hillary. there was this focus group. a couple days later she apologizes. what i think is most interesting and this hasn't been highlighted enough in reporting on this is she changed her tone. she didn't change the substance of her argument. she said i'm sorry. this was a mistake.
that's a change of tone. there's contrition there. she didn't say this wasn't allowed. she didn't change substance of any arguments or of her defense on that, which i think is an interesting point. >> headline, hillary clinton to show more humor and heart, aides say. let me ask dana. what do you make of officials, people that work for her on the record, announcing to the press another hillary reinvention. >> i suggest she should fire anyone who is suggesting that sort of thing rather than saying why didn't you go be spontane s spontaneous. let's go to "the new york times" and say we'll orchestrate things so she can appear to be spontaneous. that's a disastrous thing. >> everyone from campaign manager on down was quoted. >> it appears she may want to start again just being herself. i don't get this whole apology thing. you apology to someone when you have insulted them or stepped on their toe. she didn't do a wrong to the american people in that way. it was a stupid thing that she did. she is handled it extremely badly. i don't get the media obsession
with getting people to apologize. i don't see what that gets you. >> i call it the apology culture. i think like dana says most americans are sick of that. it doesn't mean anything. they don't see it as sincere. i'm sorry i got caught or sorry my poll numbers went down because of what i did. >> i've been saying for a couple of months that hillary needed to do more national television interviews as she once signaled after her kickoff at roosevelt island and talk about this. instead she and her campaign appear to be in the bunker. this was a media driven story. campaign said it was nonsense. campaign attacked "the new york times" reporting. some discrepancies that the fbi was looking into it. now there's a full blown fbi investigation. maybe there is something to apologize for. >> and does the apology matter? despite the fact that she may have apologized or may say
people are confused, i think the bigger picture that's upsetting to her detractors and critics is the fact that she plotted and even planned to start a private server that would be off the grid where she would then filter things and then to erase things only when the benghazi committee was being formed but much later to wipe everything clean. >> i agree about the apology culture. >> i'm sorry you feel that way. >> i think she did have something to apologize for. a, because of what she did. she clearly set up this private server. it doesn't change anything other than the story. now we talk about the apology. i agree with that. it doesn't change the story. i do think she has something to apologize for. >> think that she's very sorry she did it. >> she's sorry she did it because she got caught. >> does it help her now to go on
ellen degeneres's show to dance and hillary saying i'm running for many reasons but one that i'm a woman. >> go on the late shows and go on the ellen show. stop telegraphing everything you're doing and stop changing and having a different flavor every week because no matter what you are, you appear inauthentic. she can be funny and warm. just let her do it. >> do it in front of cameras. thanks very much for stopping by this sunday. ahead, laura ingraham on why fellow conservatives are
>> first of all, it's embarrassing this being about me. there are so many people, maybe some people in the audience, who have losses as severe or worse than mine and didn't have the incredible support i have. >> it's going to be emotional for a lot of people if you don't run. i just want to say that i think that your experience and your example of suffering and service is something that would be sorely missed in the race. >> steve, does it help or possibly hurt colbert that so much of his show in the first week has been about politics. bush, biden, a bit he did about trump. >> i think it helps. i think he was political on comedy central and was comfortable with politics. you're launching a new show. you're still trying to kind of figure out what it is. i thought the show was uneven
the first week. but this is a zone that he's very comfortable in in talking about politics. the nation is certainly very interested in it. he will get a lot of attention doing these interviews while he figures out what he wants this new show to be. look, as you know, everybody is really engaged in this campaign and talking about this campaign. he made news every day because of these interviews. >> that doesn't hurt. could he alienate part of the audience since colbert leans left? he was perfectly fair and polite to jeb bush. with that emotional interview with joe biden and we saw him practically begging the vice president to get into the race. >> no question. he's a liberal guy. i think what makes him different is that he's a man of faith. one reason why he got joe biden to agree with this interview is they are both serious catholics. most late-night hosts if you ask who they worship, they'll say johnny carson before they say
jesus christ. stephen colbert is different. that gives him a certain dimension and i think a lot of the audience that may not necessarily agree with him because of his politics will like that about him and see there's something there to connect with just as joe biden connected with him. >> i can't imagine any other late-night hosts having that serious and emotional conversation with a potential presidential candidate, vice president of the united states. of course colbert himself lost part of his family including his father in a plane crash when he was 10 years old and he brought that up and the two connected on that. the contrast with jimmy fallon. trump did "the tonight show" on friday night. it brings me to a different race. ratings race. given what you have seen from this week, humor, focus on politics, can colbert beat or be competitive with jimmy fallon and with jimmy kimball? >> he had a very big first night because of the promotion. jimmy fallon won the rest of the week and had a big night on
friday because of donald trump. i think that right now he has the audience that he had at comedy central and they followed him over. the question is are going to be able to broaden that out. there hasn't been a lot of great lead-in in prime time shows in repeats and low rated summer programs. so he'll have a new fresh fall lineup that will promote it and will get more people to sample it and i think that you do have to be different. i think that's one thing. he has to find a place here. you don't have to be number one to be a successful businessman. >> why do the same act as everyone else. good to see you this sunday. thanks for coming by. ahead, laura ingraham on why some conservative commentators give donald trump a harder time than the liberal crowd. first, my conversation with ben carson about the media, his faith and
ben carson did something pun usual the other day. he threw a hard jab when a reporter asked what differentiates him from donald trump. >> i don't in any way deny my faith in god. and i think that probably is a big differential. >> can you expand on that? you don't believe his faith is sincere when he's made comments about it? >> i haven't heard it. i haven't seen it. >> frankly he looks like he -- he makes bush like the energizer bunny. who is he to question my faith when i -- he doesn't even know me. i met him a couple times. he was a doctor. perhaps an okay doctor by the way. >> i spoke to the doctor earlier
from st. louis. ben carson, welcome. >> thank you. >> after your dust up with donald trump and we won't relitigate it here, you told "the washington post" the media want to goad people into wars, into gladiator fights. >> i shouldn't have taken the bait. they asked two, three, four times what's the difference? and i should have just let it go. >> one follow-up on this after you questioned donald trump's faith. you apologized and you said if he took it as a personal attack you were sorry. most candidates try to avoid apologizing. isn't a campaign about contrasts? >> if i did something wrong, i will always admit it. and that was an arena i really shouldn't have gone into. certainly should never question someone's faith. that's between them and god. >> i think a lot of people find that refreshing saying that you
did something wrong and you are sorry. you have said that the press in covering this campaign has distorted things at times against republicans since you're going to get more media scrutiny now that you're rising in the polls, is this a big obstacle for you? >> i don't think so. i'm happy to face intense scrutiny. the good thing is there are no skeletons for anyone to find and all i have to do is continue to tell the truth. i don't have to try to remember what i said three months ago. it takes a lot of the stress out of it. >> telling the truth is easier. you were in ferguson on friday talking about race relations. you wrote in "usa today" that democratic party shouldn't tell black people they need government to feed and clothe and house them and that the republican party has ignored black people for too long. so is the gop part of the problem? >> there's no question that the gop has a very excellent opportunity by paying attention to some of the communities that
they have neglected. informing them about the history of the gop. and in fact, a party that was formed as a party that worked hard to get gun rights for freed men and pushing voting rights and many luminary figures in the black community have been members of the republican party. a party that should push for hard work and self-reliance and mechanisms for removing oneself from a state of dependency to becoming a part of the fabric of america. >> you have tried to deemphasize race. you see people see things through racial eyes but it doesn't have to be that way. you're running for the nomination of a party that has between 1% and 7% of the black vote in the last four presidential elections. how much can you do to change
that? >> i believe that black people like any other people in our country are listening. they are looking for solutions. and they're not going to just blindly follow someone because they say do i what tell you to do. i believe if we pay attention to them and we actually explain to them the mechanisms whereby we're going to get business and industry and academia to invest in people recognizing that for every person that we can keep from going down the wrong pathway, that's one more productive member of society who may discover a new energy source or a cure for cancer. >> dr. carson, you made mistakes in early interviews in this campaign. you likened obamacare to slavery and talked about homosexuality
being a choice because some men went into prison and came out gay. you stopped doing that. why did you tone down your rhetorical approach? >> because i discovered that people were not able to hear what i was actually saying. they would hone in on key phrases and these would be things that would be hyped by various people. they would never actually be able to hear what i was saying. i learned how to get my message across without the hyperbole. >> more of my conversation with ben carson after a quick break.
>> my conversation with ben carson soon turned to religion. let's talk about your faith. you told me that you felt called to run and you were going to retire to your nice home in florida and you said to god if you open the doors, i will walk through them. have you always been this way and do you worry at all that this might be a bit off beaputt to people who don't have a religious faith. >> everyone is entitled to the beliefs that they want to have. that's why the first amendment is so important. freedom of religion. people who say that religion has nothing to do with their life probably don't know exactly what religion is.
you know, just because you don't necessarily believe in god or jesus doesn't mean that you don't have a religion. even atheism is a religion. you have something that you believe in without complete evidence that it exists and it does inform who you are and informs how you think and how you relate to other people. we need to always protect freedom of religion. >> as a nonpolitician and longtime neurosurgeon, you have a special appeal in this campaign and have risen to second place in most polls but no one has ever won a competitive primary without throwing punches and counterpunching when they attacked. you're a soft-spoken guy. do you have to do that? are you willing to do that? >> i don't feel any need to really get into the mud to get into the wrestling match. what i do feel a need to do is to talk about the actual issues. talk about the actual solutions
because i believe our country is in a lot of trouble. i believe that's the only reason that i have gotten into this race. that's the only reason that a person like me would even gain traction because there are enough people who recognize that it is in fact the case. and that we're not necessarily looking for traditional politics. we're looking for people who have a history of solving complex problems. and utilizing resources and people around them in order to get that done. >> is it hard to get attention for talking about the issues given all of the media static out there about the flap of the day? >> it does become difficult when dealing with the media. i have been out there amongst the people for many years actually. it's been a tremendous advantage to me because people had an opportunity to hear me in person and to see who i really am as
donald trump may be under attack by big-time conservative commentators, you he gets a more sympathetic hearing on talk radio. i sat down with laura ingraham and founder of the website here in studio one. welcome. you've had donald trump on your show. is he getting a better reception on talk radio than in the rest
of the conservative media? >> when he came on my show after the fox debate, i think i was, what's up with these late-night tweets. how is this helpful? it was the fox truce called after that. i'll ask all of the guys tough questions. i can't speak for other radio hosts. i had name that terrorist question from another radio host. every host does things differently. i think talk radio has been the people's medium. we've taken on immigration and trade and a lot of us for many years and gone back to the bush administration in 2007. these issues that trump is talking about, santorum is talking about, huckabee is talking about, we are hitting. we have been hitting. to that extent, yeah, he steps in it and we're on it. >> let's talk about other voices on the right. charles says the conservatives should be alarmed at one trump is doing to the gop. george will calls him a counterfeit republican. and conservative voters are
throwing away the cause. >> i like those boys. but as was mentioned on my show recently, i think in the '70s there was some criticisms of ronald reagan and he was challenging the establishment back challenging the establishment and that makes a lot of people uncomfortable. i don't know where trump will go, but the idea that some internecine warfare among conservatives is going to matter to most people and it will not. most people want to know is my life getting better? why are we dealing all these deals getting completely hosed by china and all these other nations and why are we letting millions people into the nation where there's millions of underprivileged people right here? >> does it help that trump is under media attack even from people on the right who don't see him running as a movement conservative? >> people have to be honest brokers about this. where are the middle class today in the middle income earners in this country haven't gotten a raise in 16 or 17 years, and that pre-dates, of course, the
obama administration, so i think until people realize there's a lot of bad feelings about, you know, second bush term and what happened there, i think they are just going to, you know, keep kind of banging their heads against the wall about trump. this is not about trump. this is about the republican establishment failing most of the middle income workers who put all their hopes in the republican party so if they cleaned up their own house over at the gop trump probably wouldn't be as big as he is now or might not even be a factor at all >> i wrote a couple the other day saying trump was becoming more of a politician and i meant it in a positive sense. being more refrained and throwing less bombs and "rolling stone" comes out and carly fiorina, look at that face, who would vote for that face? and does that undermine him because it gets so much media attention? >> people don't want to talk about the tie you are ice, trade work for the united states and immigration, what does it mean we've taken in 10,000 syrians?
. jeb bush putting in an anemic performic on colbert or marco rubio not could go the best on some issues, don't give your critics more ammunition. i think donald trump could say a lot of things about other candidates that would be true but not disrespectful and, you know, kind of a shoot from the hip kind of guy. >> i've noticed. >> that serves him well. certainly wouldn't given him a lot of advice he's taken just on his own and it's done really well for him. i think in the end if people think he's going to make their life better and they will have more money in their pocket, i think, you know, he can go pretty far with this. >> guts through all the spit ball fights. >> recently launched a website and i've been reading it, not just politics and see topics on happy and holy marriages and lifestyle matters? >> it's a police of life for all of us. politics is a very small sideline to most people. most people are worried about
taking care of their aging parents and worried about dementia risks. how to get their kids into a school. what if their kid has anxiety in math class, like how to deal with this stuff? we try to explain all these complicated challenging things that we all face in our lives and make it really fun so we're making from parenting to faith to pop culture and to health and politics, trying to explain it and make it fun in a reason visual experience for people. >> a section for moms. >> aimed a little bit more at women. >> more at women. we'll have a dad set eventually. as a mother of three young children, howie you have young kids, you're always trying to keep up, and i kind of channel my own, you know, challenges into the site and we have lots of great contributors the it's a big team so i'm kind of the overseer, a big team and having a great time so far. doing well so far. >> equal time for dads. >> don't worry, howie. you'll be the first feature. >> laura ingraham, thanks so
i'm buzzed off about this. one of the lowest things i've ever seen in journalist covering the heartbreaking surge of syrian refugees trying to flee the country. a camera woman for hungarian station became part of the story. watch. >> that's right. she actually tripped a man carrying a child and running away from the police. why? to create more drama and one journalist posted a photo of laszlo tripping at a child refugee and she apologized by claiming she was trying to defend herself but come on.
station has fired her for her awful conduct as a human being. and this media fail. a reporter who covers scott walker for "usa today" signed a petition in 2011 to recall the governor from office. a publisher of another gannett paper in appleton, wisconsin where she's based called that a violation of ethical standards and they were told her coverage was fair. so what. she ought to be taken off the beat. your top tweets. did the media spend too much time on trump versus carly's face, trump versus ben carson on faith, iowan politics you? can't help it. you need trump as much as he needs you. he has to keep saying things so they will keep covering me. haven't seen that. they spend too much time on trump period of. his bombastic comments are shiny objects to capture media's attention. it's not the media's fault and americans love a food fest. kudos for navigating the
treacherous waters between the two trump haters, partisan hacks on our panel and sharyl attkisson a brilliant journalist. nbc let david gregory twist in the wind for months before dumping him as moderator of "meet the press." gregory is now out with a memoir, and he talks about why nbc executives never let him say good-bye. >> nbc was concerned if they let me have a last show to thank the audience that i was going to somehow go after them and, you know -- >> an ann curry moment of "today" and they wanted to avoid that. that was never going to happen so they -- they leaked the fact that -- that they made a decision for me >> of course, the reference to ann curry's painfully teary farewell when "today" show dropped her. executives have a right to replace a guy who wasn't delivering the ratings but their treatment of gregory was pretty shabby. that's it for this edition of "media buzz."
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